Sunday, August 09, 2015

Windows Edge Browser Complete Review

“The Edge team has been continuing to optimize performance since first adding the new browser to Windows 10,” said Microsoft’s Gabe Aul in a post on Wednesday. Here’s how Edge compared to Chrome and Safari “on their own JavaScript benchmarks,” according to Microsoft:
  • On WebKit Sunspider, Edge is 112% faster than Chrome
  • On Google Octane, Edge is 11% faster than Chrome
  • On Apple JetStream, Edge is 37% faster than Chrome

It’s an impressive list, but suspiciously small, so its decided to add more benchmarks and more browsers to get a more complete picture of browser performances on Windows 10.


Microsoft Edge did indeed smoke the competition in the JetStream and Sunspider tests, but it performed the worst of all eight browsers in the Peacekeeper test. It also lost out to Chrome and Firefox two times each, to conclude that “Microsoft has improved the performance of the default Windows browser by a lot, but since Edge is not beating all browsers in all benchmarks, it cannot be said that it is the fastest browser on Windows 10.”

It looks like Edge is going to be a great alternative for Windows users looking to try something new, but don’t expect miracles from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer replacement.

Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome Review

Windows 10 comes with a brand new web browser called Microsoft Edge. It's got a lighter design, it's blazing fast and Cortana is baked right into it.

Each web browser was tested as new, meaning Chrome didn't have any extensions to slow it down and the history and cache were reset on each browser after every trial.

Two important things to note: Chrome does come with Adobe Flash pre-installed. We didn't disable it during our benchmark tests as that's the state it would be downloaded in by a normal user.

All tests were performed three times and then the average taken.

Futuremark Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper is a JavaScript benchmark that runs through a number of tests from rendering capabilities, to HTML5, to Document Object Model operations (an API used to create dynamic websites) and text parsing.

The higher the Peacekeeper score is, the better overall performance the browser is.
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Trial 1
2563
3917
Trial 2
2551
3915
Trial 3
2461
3920
Average
2525
3917


Mashable/Raymond Wong
As you can see in the benchmark scores above, Chrome smokes Edge in speed and overall performance.



Winner: Google Chrome

Sun Spider Java

ScriptSun Spider is another JavaScript benchmark, but unlike Peackeeper, it only tests JS and none of the other stuff. Developed by Apple's WebKit team in 2007, it's a commonly used benchmark to compare web browsers as it takes into account features like encryption.
We used the latest 1.0.2 version and here are the results (lower is better):
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Trial 1
105.4ms
255.8ms
Trial 2
102.3ms
276.2ms
Trial 3
102.7ms
270.2ms
Average
103.5ms
267.4ms
In this test, Edge beats Chrome with an average of 103.5ms, showing it's more equipped to tackle "real performance problems that developers have encountered" (how SunSpider describes its test).
Winner: Microsoft Edge

V8 Benchmark Suite - Version 7

Google developed its own JavaScript benchmark to test JS performance for Chrome (because Internet, presumably). 

Generally it favors Chrome, but let's see how well Edge performs with it. The higher the score, the better.
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Trial 1
21554
23376
Trial 2
22381
23791
Trial 3
21566
23657
Average
21834
23608



Once again, Google Chrome comes out on top, but not by much.
Winner: Google Chrome

Real-world speed


The benchmarks above provide a good picture of how web browsers compare with one another, but they're far from the only metrics that matter. In my non-synthetic "real life-tests," I loaded Mashable.com, NewYorkTimes.com and Facebook.com, and then timed the two. These were the results:
Mashable.com
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Trial 1
5.33 seconds
4.56 seconds
Trial 2
5.75 seconds
5.10 seconds
Trial 3
5.31 seconds
4.86 seconds
Average
5.46 seconds
4.84 seconds


NewYorkTimes.com
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Trial 1
5.85 seconds
5.68 seconds
Trial 2
5.41 seconds
5.40 seconds
Trial 3
5.69 seconds
5.53 seconds
Average
5.65 seconds
5.53 seconds
Facebook.com
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Trial 1
3.23 seconds
3.31 seconds
Trial 2
3.63 seconds
3.22 seconds
Trial 3
3.38 seconds
3.29 seconds
Average
3.41 seconds
3.27 seconds
Google Chrome just barely edges out Microsoft Edge, but you probably won't notice the difference in real life.
Winner: Google Chrome

Google Chrome is still king, but...

So what did we learn? Well, Google Chrome is faster than Microsoft Edge, but...only if you don't have any extras like extensions installed. When you add those in, Chrome slows down to a crawl.

Edge is no slouch, though. It's a very capable browser and after testing it out, I really like it a lot. If Internet Explorer left a bad taste in your mouth, you'll be happy to hear that Edge is a complete reset in the best way possible.

Indian post may look at the feasibility of transmitting unregistered mails like post cards through e-mail

NEW DELHI: Indian postal department may look at the feasibility of transmitting unregistered mails like post cards through e-mail instead of carrying it physically from source till its destination. 

"India Post may conduct a comprehensive study of the viability and feasibility of transmitting unregistered mail through e-mail rather than through physical transportation as at present," the department said in its submission citing recommendation of task force to a Parliamentary panel on IT. 
The panel, chaired by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, tabled its report in the Lok Sabha today. 
The report of Task Force on Leveraging the Post Office Network in November recommended that the Department of Posts should leverage its IT infrastructure to reduce delivery cost and transmitting unregistered mails such as post card. 

Citing use of e-mail, the task force said "there is no reason why the Post Card cannot be scanned and transmitted by e-mail to the receiving Post Office and thereafter printed there and delivered to the addressee, thus saving on the cost of physical transporting the article." 

The department is currently rolling out IT Modernization project to connect and computerize all its 1.55 lakh post office across for project outlay of Rs 4,909 crore. 

The project was to be completed in 2015 but the department estimates it to be completed by March 2017. 

Besides computerization, the project includes deployment of core banking solution, setting up data centre facility, integration of postal networks, rural hardware (RH), rural system integrator and mail operation hardware.

Now get mobile data deactivated by a call or SMS to 1925

Mobile subscribers will be able to activate or deactivate internet service on their mobile phone by calling or sending an SMS to a new toll free number 1925 from next month onwards. 

The new directive from telecom regulator TRAI follows a large number of complaints from customers that mobile operators were keeping the process of deactivation very complex to earn extra revenue. 

The directive issued today mandates telecom operators to provide toll free number '1925' from September 1 to activate or deactivate mobile internet service either by making a call on the number and following instruction or by sending a SMS. 

Customers can send SMS to 1925 by writing 'START' to activate and 'STOP' to deactivate the service. Telecom operators will have to immediately reply to customer about status of activation and deactivation of their service. 

The new amendment issued in Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations directs telecom operators not to charge subscribers for usage beyond subscribed limit without their explicit consent. 

"No service provider shall activate or deactivate the data service on the Cellular Mobile Telephone connection of a consumer without his explicit consent," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said. 

Though provision to activate or deactivate a value added service has already been in place but telecom operators often refused complete deactivation of mobile internet services. 

"These complaints mainly relate to... non-availability of information relating to data usage... non-availability of information to consumers whenever the data pack is exhausted..activation of internet service on mobile phones without the explicit consent of the consumer," TRAI said. 

Under the new rule, the regulator has clarified that the consent of a mobile customer expires after the subscribed mobile internet limit like 500 MB, 1GB, 2GB etc., gets exhausted. 

"Authority decided that those consumers taking data packs such as STV (special tariff voucher) or Combo Voucher or add-on pack will be deemed to have given their consent for data services. Such consent will be deemed to be only for the duration of validity of data pack or on exhausting the data limit, whichever is earlier," the regulator said. 

The difference in mobile internet rates under scheme and without any scheme can be as high as 500 times. 

The regulator has asked telecom operators to send alert to those customers who have not subscribed to mobile internet service, but use it as per their need, after every 10 megabyte of data consumed by them. Consumers will also have an option to opt out of this alert. 

Customers on international roaming will only get alert to switch off mobile internet service on their handset if they are not using it.

Windows 10 Complete Review :

Windows 10

Yes, the Start menu is back. Yes, there are virtual desktops. No, the Charms bar hasn't gone away. And no, we don't know when Windows 10 will ship or what it will cost. But we've seen the technical preview of Windows 10 and the word to bear in mind for this release is productivity.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore repeatedly emphasised that this is a very early build without even all the features that have been announced, and that there might be rough spots. We didn't see any problems in the time we had to try it out at Microsoft's San Francisco event, but what's clear is that there is plenty more to come.

This isn't the place to look for changes in Explorer or the control panel, let alone desktop tools like Paint and Notepad or Store apps like Music and Video. The technical preview is about the core features that are supposed to prove Microsoft can balance touch, mouse and keyboard without making any users feel abandoned.

Start Menu : Windows 10

As expected, the Start menu is the default if you use Windows 10 with a keyboard and mouse, though you can keep the full-screen Start screen if you prefer it. Even on the Start menu, you can pin Live Tiles in multiple sizes on the right, but on the left you also get the familiar list of pinned and recent applications, complete with jump lists for files, the search box that you can also use to run commands and a power button for shutting down or restarting your PC.

Snaps, apps and virtual desktops

The search box has all the Windows 8 features, including results from Bing and the Windows store, and a separate Search menu next to the Start button gives you trending topics directly from Bing, too.
Snaps, apps and virtual desktops

Using Alt Tab to move between open windows is a keyboard shortcut that's been around since 1990 and it still gives you a line of windows to choose from. As with Windows 8.1, those now include any modern apps you have running, and those now open as windows on the desktop like any other software you're running, ready to be resized or snapped side by side. The new Task View button on the taskbar is there to introduce the idea of moving between windows to the vast majority of Windows users who've never tried Alt Tab.

Snapping does more than the 'two desktop apps getting half the desktop' layout that you get in Windows 8. If you have one narrow window, the second window can take up all the rest of the space, or you can snap four apps, one in each corner. Windows will even show thumbnails of open windows to help you pick the one you want to snap without rearranging everything.